FPL Triple Gameweek 35 player tips. @RichP_FPL uses FPL points as a metric to discuss the best matchups for Double/Triple Gameweek teams ‘Using FPL Points as a Metric’!
Today we will look at ‘Using FPL Points as a Metric’ in respect to the teams that double (or even triple) in Gameweek 35! As some of these blank in Gameweek 36 (Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man United) we will only look at Man United of these as I can’t see anyone bringing in a player that blanks next week, except of course if they have three in a single gameweek!
Armed with the data provided from the metric as well as Hub OPTA data and to try and help us identify transfer targets for our team. As ever, you will see tables for Fantasy Points both For and Against – Green is good and red is bad in both tables.
Green indicates a team is either scoring lots of FPL Points at this position or is conceding lots of FPL Points to this position. The below tables give you totals for and against, tables of points split into home and away games and also home and away on a Points Per Game (PPG) basis.
This week the focus will be on the specific fixture data of each match to see which assets could be worth investing in. Tables on the left are FPL Points Against, tables on the right are FPL Points Scored. Both are on a PPG basis.
Looking at the fixtures for Aston Villa, they are coming up against tough teams. Both Man United and Everton are on the wrong end of the scale here for targeting players to play against them. The only player that scores well on average is Emi Martinez (£5.4m) and even then, Villa are sixth over the last four gameweeks for shots on target conceded.
Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) is in good form and looked very impressive against Everton last week, so he could be worth a shout, but I think there could be better options for the double Gameweek.
Crystal Palace come up against Sheffield United (SHU) in their first game, who are are in the top five for giving up the most FPL Points to opposition Defenders and Midfielders. They’re sixth for most FPL Points conceded to opposition Forwards. In 36 they play Villa, so whilst they have a fixture, it might be difficult for them to get much out of that game as well.
I’d maybe go for someone like Joel Ward (£4.3m) as a cheap option to ensure you’ve got a fixture in 36. In terms of attacking players, I actually fancy a punt on Christian Benteke (£5.5m).
He has the best attacking stats over the last four of all Palace assets, and Southampton have conceded the second most headed chances (13) over the last four weeks, so he has avenues to points in both games.
Similarly to Aston Villa, Everton’s fixtures are not great here. West Ham at home are in the bottom five teams for most FPL Points conceded to opposition at each position. Villa at home don’t give a lot up to defenders, but are obliging to Forwards – giving up the fourth most FPL points to that position when they play at home.
Everton defenders and forwards are in the top five teams when playing away for most FPL Points scored, so players like Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) and Richarlison (£7.8m) could be intriguing options.
Further to this, both Villa (joint second) and West Ham (third) are in the top five teams for most big chances conceded over the last four gameweeks, so these teams can be attacked. With a fixture against Sheffield United in Gameweek 36, Everton players could serve you well.
Liverpool’s first game brings them up against a Southampton side giving up the most FPL Points to opposition Midfielders when they play away from home.
Liverpool themselves are in the top five for most FPL Points Scored at Midfield position, so you’d back them in a double Gameweek. Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) would have been heavily captained if it wasn’t for Man United having a triple Gameweek!
He could still be a great shout based on the Saints fixture alone. Diogo Jota (£7m) is also a good option but is prone to rotation. Both Salah (11) and Jota (12) lead the way for shots in the box by Midfielders over the last four gameweeks.
I’d imagine the game against United will be a tight affair, although after four games in eight days United will likely be tired. On the basis that Liverpool also play West Brom in 36, I’d love to recommend their defenders but Liverpool have looked so shaky defensively I can’t work out which team will turn up.
I’ve skipped all other teams with a blank in Gameweek 36 because I don’t think it’s beneficial bringing in a player this week that blanks next week…unless they have a Triple Gameweek!!!
The fixtures are difficult though, with United playing teams that for the most part are pretty stingy when it comes to giving up FPL Points at most positions. and with a game every other day (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) the focus should be on those most likely to start every game.
Harry Maguire (£5.5m) probably plays in all three, but aside from that it’s difficult to predict. Both home and away, United’s Midfield Unit dominate, being second at home and third away for most FPL Points on a PPG basis. Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) will be the most captained player by far.
He’s been pretty quiet in recent weeks, but a great performance in the Europa League has got people wanting him back in again. It’s vitally important you monitor his minutes in the second leg of that game Thursday evening, of all United assets actually, to try and predict the best assets.
Going without Bruno is a scary thought though. Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) has been in decent form recently, and he is top for shots on target of all midfielders over the last four gameweeks with seven. Whilst he isn’t a guaranteed starter that hasn’t really impacted him, with an 11 point haul in 18 minutes against Spurs in Gameweek 31.
The Liverpool fixture is no doubt a tricky one for the Saints here, but could offer Fraser Forster (£4m) some save point opportunities. Liverpool give up an average of 4.9 FPL Points to opposition Goalkeepers per game when they play at home.
Aside from that, it’s slim pickings for that fixture. In the Palace game, they’re coming up against a team that are conceding an average of 21.4 PPG to opposition defensive units. However, Southampton themselves are top for big chances conceded over the last four gameweeks, averaging 3.33 per game.
With Crystal Palace being pretty blunt in terms of attacking, you could maybe consider Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) as their most attacking defender, and he isn’t a bad option against Fulham the week after.
Well there we have it, lots to ponder ahead of the deadline. I hope you’ve found this interesting and would love to hear your thoughts on it!
Drop me a follow @RichP_FPL. Below, you’ll see that I’ve dropped in the tables of the data overall for each position, then split into Home and Away matches, both overall and on a Points Per Game basis, if you want to do more of a deep dive into the data. Cheers!
Home and Away Data
Home and Away Data on a Points Per Game basis